Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., on Friday issued the following statement upon the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 in the U.S. House of Representatives:
"We have a profound obligation to provide for the common defense. It is our job to ensure those who selflessly serve have the tools and resources they need to keep Americans safe. For those soldiers and their families at Fort Campbell, this bill is a big win, helping relieve shortfalls in personnel, funding, and resources that have strained operations and morale for some time. I am pleased to see this bill pass and hopeful the Senate will take quick action on it."
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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the annual legislation that determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent. A summary of the bill can be found here. The full bill text can be found here.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, H.R. 2810, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 339-81. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where Senators will either debate the House version of the defense authorization or offer their own version.
Blackburn represents Tennessee's Seventh Congressional District, which is home to many of the soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell, headquarters for the 101st Airborne Division (the "Screaming Eagles").